verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- rein in,
- reindeer lake
Origin of rein
Origin of reins
Examples from the Web for rein
In retirement, Frank is consciously trying to pare down and rein in.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe|Tom LeClair|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Congress itself ironically recognized as much in its effort to rein in presidential use of force after Vietnam.
There are times where we do takes that are so crazy that we have to rein it in.Inside the Mind of The Mindy Project’s Resident Weirdo, Ike Barinholtz|Kevin Fallon|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He organized a bipartisan effort to rein in the National Security Agency that came within a few votes of passing the House.
Hopefully, the Ukrainian people will rein in their ‘heroes’ for the cause of the greater good.Occupy Kiev: What Should Ukraine Do Now With The Heroes of the Maidan?|Vijai Maheshwari|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Being satisfied on that point, he declared he would not draw a rein until we again got inside.Los Gringos|H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
So let loose the rein, and leave Lolita to take her own way.The Lone Ranche|Captain Mayne Reid
And now no one guides the damsel, save God only; she gives her palfrey the rein and he turns into the tangled by-way.Tales from the Old French|Various
As they went from Reims after the coronation, Dunois and the archbishop were riding by her rein.The Red True Story Book|Various
He gave sweet fancies the rein, as Lady Hannah chattered beside him.The Dop Doctor|Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Word Origin for rein
Word Origin for reins
c.1300, "strap fastened to a bridle," from Old French rene, resne "reins, bridle strap, laces" (Modern French rêne), probably from Vulgar Latin *retina "a bond, check," back-formation from Latin retinere "hold back" (see retain). To give something free rein is originally of horses.
c.1300, from rein (n.). Figurative extension "put a check on" first recorded 1580s. Related: Reined; reining. To rein up "halt" (1550s) is from the way to make a horse stop by pulling up on the reins.
see rein (n.). Figurative sense "means of controlling; control, check, restraint" is from early 14c.
see draw in the reins; free hand (rein) tight rein on.